Edmund T. Whittaker's A history of the theories of aether and electricity Vol 2 PDF

By Edmund T. Whittaker

Particular, debatable, and often brought up, this survey deals hugely certain bills in regards to the improvement of rules and theories concerning the nature of electrical energy and area (aether). conveniently obtainable to basic readers in addition to highschool scholars, academics, and undergraduates, it contains a lot details unavailable elsewhere.
This single-volume version includes either The Classical Theories and the trendy Theories, that have been initially released individually. the 1st quantity covers the theories of classical physics from the age of the Greek philosophers to the past due nineteenth century. the second one quantity chronicles discoveries that ended in the advances of recent physics, concentrating on targeted relativity, quantum theories, normal relativity, matrix mechanics, and wave mechanics. famous historian of technology I. Bernard Cohen, who reviewed those books for Scientific American, saw, "I be aware of of no different background of electrical energy that's as sound as Whittaker's. All those that have chanced on stimulation from his works will learn this informative and actual historical past with curiosity and profit."

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58 Huxley’s sense of humor is evident here, but he is also revealing his satisfaction in the X Club’s secrecy and in its grandiose reputation, its status as the éminence grise behind the rising power of science in Britain. Though he and the other members maintained that the primary purpose of the Club was social, they did not object to the reputation it had gained by the 1880s as a cabal of scientific leaders. The habit of holding the X Club in great esteem, almost awe, became common. ”59 None of the members, it seems, countered this supposition.

As his reputation grew as a researcher and lecturer, Tyndall continued his early tactic of using science as a means of establishing a place for himself in society. 14 Thus science in Tyndall’s eyes took on from the first a social significance beyond its basic nature as an occupational pursuit. indd 24 12/21/2010 4:04:50 PM could also be used as an influential force in social negotiations; it carried an authority reaching beyond the boundaries of research. The extent of Tyndall’s preoccupation with his lowly background shows clearly in his early journals.

J. indd 34 12/21/2010 4:04:51 PM 35 many prominent scientific figures of the day. His closest friends were Thomas Hirst and Thomas Huxley, but surrounding these three was a small circle of colleagues who, in the 1860s, cemented their friendship and scientific associations in the formation of a private dining club, which they dubbed the X Club. This club met once a month from 1864 to 1892, and— as its name implies—it was exclusive and secretive from the first, with only nine members, all of whom were eminent men of science: Tyndall himself; Huxley and Hirst; the chemist Edward Frankland, Tyndall’s friend from Queenwood; Herbert Spencer; the botanist Joseph Hooker; George Busk, a retired naval surgeon and zoologist; Sir John Lubbock, an ethnologist and entomologist as well as an MP; and William Spottiswoode, a mathematician and physicist.

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